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COVID-19 response tools for governments

Resources to help government officials navigate the COVID-19 crisis.

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The Emotion Archive

Explore the reflections of 122 people around the world on how they coped with the COVID-19 crisis.

Response resources for US states

Six documents addressing the unique health and economic challenges posed by COVID-19 and offering examples of actions that governments have taken.

Reopening workplaces amid COVID-19: A collection of safety measures

A summary of methods that organizations are using to protect customers and employees from the coronavirus outbreak.

Public-health response tools


The prevalence of COVID-19 across the United States

Epidemiological data tracking the extent of the coronavirus outbreak and testing efforts

COVID-19 case tracker

Epidemiological data on the pandemic, with global, country, and local views.

Vulnerable populations dashboard

McKinsey’s open-access dashboard looks at individuals with physical or behavioral health vulnerability and their risk for developing COVID-19.

Where to source personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 crisis

Lists of suppliers of personal protective equipment, with a global reach, to help leaders address critical shortages.

The minimum viable nerve center for governments’ coronavirus response 

– The pandemic has forced governments to elevate their response strategies. McKinsey experts talk about setting up crisis nerve centers with the agility to mobilize resources, execute, and adjust.

Crafting a better response structure for COVID-19

– Even the most capable crisis-management functions have proved inadequate in the face of COVID-19. Establishing a new crisis nerve center can help organizations improve their decision making while speeding execution.

Airway protection fact pack

A document meant to explore select questions around securing a sufficient supply of airway protection equipment, including N95 disposable respirators, surgical masks, and PAPRs.

Diagnostic technology fact pack

A high-level summary of COVID-19 testing technologies, with information on the supply landscape and possible ways to increase the supply of testing materials.

COVID-19 provider preparedness

Five action areas for providers to focus on: surge capacity, supply availability, workforce readiness, clinical operations process, and governance and coordination

COVID-19 critical supply list

Summarized fact base on the availability of medical supplies as related to needs posed by COVID-19.

COVID-19 essential drug list

Essential list for drugs currently being used for COVID-19 treatment and related symptom management.
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Economic Response Tools


Tracking US unemployment through the COVID-19 crisis

See how unemployment data are changing across states, counties, and sectors.

Economic Response Tools


Protecting US small businesses from the impact of COVID-19

– Many small businesses have closed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. In this McKinsey Live webinar, partner Deepa Mahajan discusses innovations and support mechanisms that could help keep more small companies in business.

Investing in Black lives and livelihoods: What stakeholders can do

– Black Americans face longstanding economic challenges. The COVID-19 crisis could make these challenges worse. McKinsey partner Jason Wright discusses ways to support the health and wealth of Black businesses and households.

The economics of COVID-19: A look at possible scenarios for the next normal

– Although executives express uncertainty about how long the economy will take to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, they can begin to prepare their organizations for the “next normal.”

Community movement during the pandemic

Shelter-in-place orders have a significant influence on where people spend their time.

Mapping vulnerable US jobs

How COVID-19 shutdowns could affect workers in states and metro areas.

Vulnerable US jobs by demographic group

Low-wage, minority, and younger workers are most likely to hold jobs at risk from COVID-19.

Education Response Tools


Reopening higher-education institutions amid COVID-19: Ten considerations for leaders

An overview of issues to consider when building strategies for returning to campus after COVID-19 closures.

How schools can reopen during the COVID-19 crisis

– In this webinar, McKinsey experts discuss how to reopen schools around the globe safely and effectively.

Perspectives for education systems

– Experts discuss how educators and school systems worldwide can move quickly to support remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About McKinsey Live

Join our experts for the latest on navigating beyond the crisis and shaping the next normal that lies ahead.

More Response Tools

For small businesses

Programs supporting small-business owners during the COVID-19 crisis, plus guidelines on reopening.

For business leaders

Checklists, articles, and learning sessions to help executives navigate the COVID-19 crisis and the next normal.

For healthcare providers

Information on sourcing critical goods and materials for responding to COVID-19.

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